Roofe starts among seven changes: Leeds best possible XI to face Ipswich
By Alex Stevens
Kemar Roofe should be handed the chance to start against Ipswich as Leeds aim to find chinks in one of the Championship’s meanest defences.
Mick McCarthy’s side don’t score many – just eight in eight league matches this season – but they concede even less and have shipped just seven in the new campaign.
Stuart Dallas has showed signs of returning to his 2015-16 form, but he doesn’t offer the explosive pace and trickery of Roofe.
Leeds have yet to see the best, or anywhere near close, of the £3million summer signing but there were flickers in the midweek win over Blackburn of the player who terrorised League Two backlines last season.
Roofe deserves the chance to run at the Ipswich defence from the start, but Monk should otherwise not be too seduced by the outcome of Tuesday night’s triumph over the Championship’s bottom club.
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He must restore his big guns and bring back those who were given breathers in midweek.
This means Rob Green, Luke Ayling, Hadi Sacko, Pablo Hernandez and Chris Wood should all start at Elland Road on Saturday.
The team will also benefit from the return of captain Liam Bridcutt after recovering from a foot injury that forced him out of the last two matches, while Pontus Jansson should start after missing the Blackburn match due to illness.
There should be seven changes in total and, assuming Bridcutt is fit to skipper the team, the big decision for Monk is likely to be the identity of his central midfield partner.
Late August signing Eunan O’Kane has started the last two matches alongside teenager Ronaldo Vieira, but the pair should be omitted in favour of Kalvin Phillips.
The midfielder does not offer as protective a defensive shield as fellow academy product Vieira but he has has greater quality on the ball and provides a bigger goal threat.
In other Leeds team news, the Yorkshire giants have pleaded guilty to a bung in the sale of Ross McCormack.